A US Marine sniper is partnered with a SWAT member to take out rebel leaders in the jungles of Panama.

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Cast

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Chester Van Damme
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Doug Papich
Ken Radley ...
El Cirujano
Reynaldo Arenas ...
Cacique (as Reinaldo Arenas)
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NSC Officer in Washington
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Admiral in Washington
Frederick Miragliotta ...
General Miguel Alavarez
Vanessa Steele ...
Mrs. Alvarez
Carlos Álvarez ...
Raul Ochoa
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Ripoly (as Tyler Copin)
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Ripolys Friend
Edward Wiley ...
DeSilva
William Curtin ...
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Storyline

Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills. Beckett is notorious for losing his partners on such missions. This time he's accompanied by crack marksman Richard Miller, who's more of an office-type. Together they plan to seek out an important rebel leader, whilst avoiding a rogue marksman who frequents this part of the jungle. Written by Rob Hartill

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One Shot. One Kill. No Exceptions.

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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29 January 1993 (USA)  »

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Snajper  »

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$18,994,653 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Historically, Thomas Becket was the archbishop of Canterbury in England from 1162 until he was martyred in 1170, during the reign of King Henry II. He was the eponymous protagonist, portrayed by Richard Burton in the film Becket (1964). Tom Beckett was also the name of the protagonist's brother in Quantum Leap: The Leap Home: Part 2 (Vietnam) - April 7, 1970 (1990). See more »

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In the opening scene, Beckett's spotter places the range as 650 meters. From several POVs it is no more than 150. See more »

Quotes

Richard Miller: When the "rush" is over, it hurts. Doesn't it?
Thomas Beckett: What you're feeling now ain't the worst pain. The worst thing is not feeling the hurt anymore.
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Connections

Followed by Sniper: Reloaded (2011) See more »

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Turn It Up
Written and Performed by Henry Lee Summer
Courtesy of Epic Associated Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Shoot to kill
14 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Despite some negative comments this film has garnered in the IMDb pages, it's still worth a look as this is a story about survival and camaraderie between two different men with different mentalities while in a difficult mission in the Panamanian jungle.

Peruvian director Luis Llosa takes us along to watch this thriller set in Panama. The film has some good moments as Beckett, the veteran marine, takes a newly arrived man, recently sent to try to eliminate a notorious drug cartel head and the corrupt army general who might be the next president of the country. The only problem, Miller, has no experience in what he has been entrusted to achieve.

Miller, the arrogant newly arrived man to the jungle and to the guerrilla warfare between the military and drug lords against the infiltrated American intelligence men, learns a valuable lesson from Beckett. What looks good in theory, is irrelevant in the jungle.

Tom Berenger, is an actor who doesn't register much, as he proves in this movie, but in the context of the movie, he is right as a man of a few words. Billy Zane playing Miller does what he can with a role that doesn't afford him any glory until the crucial end.

For lovers of action film, "Sniper" offers an 112 minutes of action that with a bit of trimming would have made a more satisfying movie.


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